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• The Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But if a new MLB proposal were to become reality, more than three dozen cities with affiliated minor league teams will lose those teams a year from now and thousands of minor league players will be out of work as well. Full story here.

• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel.  

• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts.” A publication date was not given.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

Most Popular Player Merchandise (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office Oct. 11-13
1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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May142019

NHL Gaming World Championship Adds To Roster Of Marketers For 2019 Finals

NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

May 14, 2019:
As a testament to its growing popularity, adidas, Astro Gaming, Brisk, Great Clips and MGM Resorts will join returning sponsors Honda, Scotiabank and EA Sports for the second NHL Gaming World Championship regionals and Finals in May and June.

Regional finals are scheduled for this month, with the 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final scheduled for June 30 in Las Vegas.

Marketers will have on-site activation as well as presence across NHL Gaming World Championship media partners, including Twitch.TV/NHL, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and NHL.com/gaming.

The 2019 NHL Gaming World Champion will offer a $100,000 cash prize pool, including $50,000 for the winner.

In addition, the champion will be featured during the broadcast of the 2019 NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone.

A 30-minute pregame show, The GWC Lobby, will debut ahead of the European Final.

The GWC Lobby will “introduce and profile competitors, outline the gameplay schedule, break down player strategy, and check in with the players as they warm up their hands for competition.”

The GWC Lobby is hosted in partnership with Great Clips, Honda and MGM Resorts International.

Among the onsite activation:

• adidas, the official outfitter of the NHL Gaming World Championship, will provide outfitting for finalists, including exclusive gamer jackets and adidas caps for each Live Regional Final.
 
• Astro Gaming, the official controller (or headset/headphones), will be supplying the official C40 TR Controller, Astro A40 TR Headset and MixAmp Pro TR used within gameplay across the Regional tournaments and World Final.

• Brisk, an iced tea soft drink produced via a joint venture between the Pepsi-Lipton Company and Unilever. will offer competitors refreshments at the Canadian Regional and World Final.
 
• North American partner Great Clips will host the Friends and Family Cheering Zone and be on-site to provide complimentary haircuts and stylings to participants and talent at the U.S. Regional and World Final.
 
• Returning for the second consecutive year as a North American partner, Honda will sponsor the “Road to the Finals” interview area, checking in with the gamers before, during and after each phase of competition across all phases of the Tournament.
 
• Scotiabank returns as an official Canadian partner, this year hosting a dedicated Fan Vote during the Canadian Regional live-stream that will award one of the competitors and a fan with a chance to serve as a guest of Scotiabank at the World Final in Las Vegas.
 
• As the official resort destination of the NHL, MGM Resorts will host the World Final at Allied Esports’ HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas inside The Luxor.
 
The schedule for Live Regional Finals (subject to change):

• May 18: European Live Regional Final Viasat Studios Stockholm
• May 25: Canadian Live Regional Final Sportsnet Studios Toronto
• May  30: United States Live Regional Final NBC Studios Stamford, Conn.
• June 30: 2019 NHL Gaming World Championship Final Esports Arena, Luxor Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

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